10 July 2006

Ethics and the War fighter

So Hadidith has more then what was being reported by just the US Military and the US Media. Now the rape case comes out involving elements of the 101st Airborne. The extremist left of the American populace and international politicos have been exploiting these and trying to pull off claims and drawing conslusions that these events are similar to such places as My Lai or the Tak Kae Do bridge massacre. Yet, I don't feel that way. It isn't because I don't believe that a crime hasn't been committed rather I feel that we need to wait for all the evidence and the court of law to bring judgement against these people accused of the crimes. On the other hand though part of me is asking where in the heck thier ethics went too.

I know folks that ethics is a hard thing to understand with a warfighter but it is pounded into most of us in the military at various times there are unwritten rules and written rules on how to conduct ourselves while engaged in wars. What is even funnier to some is that these rules are common sense rules that almost everyone knows. Things such as not to commit rape, don't steal, say please and thank you, etc. These ideas are constantly pushed into us day after day when we are in combat or nearing a combat region, heck we are even harassed about these things when we aren't in combat on just how to live in the common every day world back at home in the US. We are also told that to a point some if not all of the bad guys are taught some of the same things. However, that isn't always true as well. Ask the folks that survived the Japanese POW camps uring World War 2 or some of the hostages captures over the better part of 20ys by various terrorist groups. For the most part though the US solider is constantly pushed to be that shining moment freedom that the oppressed see. To be the GI Joe or Superman of America. For some people that I have talked to over the years and have meet Americans soliders that have come into thier cities, towns, villages during a conflict/war/ or something; represent what to most what an American looks like. They also were what brought a number of them to stand up for and believe in America, because of the charitable and great actions of a number of American soliders. So it really makes me angry at these bad apples and thier commanders in letting these event occur and not push that we all live in an ethical world, even as soliders or sailors or Marines in service of our country.

03 July 2006

Reporting from Shangri-la

So I have been forward deployed to an "undisclosed" location. Been here for about a week and a half and already am chaffing at some of the silliness that has come from this little deployment. I am living on a USMC base somewhere in the Far East and although the base is very nice, my command has decided in thier finite wisdom to punish everyone for a few peoples screw-ups back home. So while I see some fellow American's out here enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes this wonderful country. I am instead restrticted to with in the base fence line unless I have 2 or more liberty buddies. GROAN! I am just chaffing to go out and see some of the sights that I can see just through the chain link and razor wire fence. I also want to go and taste some of the food and meet some of the people as well. We are told that maybe, just maybe the powers to be will let up on us if and when we prove that we can behave ourselves. Where as like I said I see Marines and other sailors that are permanent party to here in my pay grade able to go out and enjoy the town and not have to worry about liberty buddies. What makes this even worst is the fact that I was here a full week before my main body showed up and I got my liberty card the same day that they all did. There are too many people I work with right now that all I hear from this is "I want to save money", "I am afraid of the food", or the best one "I am afraid of the people and only want to get drunk on base".
Personnaly I want to save money myself but I go stir crazy looking at an open bay barracks (yes Virginia in the 21st I am still forced to live in open bay), I get tired of eating at McBruger or Taco Hell, and the country that I am deployed in right now I feel the safest in to date. It doesn't have the feel like I experienced over in Western Europe. I am also not a big drinker and if I do drink I only do a couple of beers or local alcohol during meals.
Although I am only here 90+ days I want to make the most of it and see and do as much as possible on the governments dime. I just hope that I will be able to do as much as possible and that my leadership will pull ther collective butts out of there heads and give us some freedome and not treat us like we are stuck on the boat.